Fostering structural improvement in education

Professionals and recent graduates from the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) can follow courses at Dutch educational institutions in water management, food security, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and developing the rule of law.

Expansion of scholarships

The extra funding sees the addition of 850 scholarships within the Orange Knowledge Programme and the MENA Scholarship Programme.

The Orange Knowledge Programme focuses on knowledge development and cooperation between Dutch educational institutions and includes 52 participating countries. Financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the programme will run until mid-2022. Meanwhile, the MENA Scholarship programme – operating until mid-2019 – focuses on courses and bespoke training geared towards supporting democratic transition in Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia.

Additional funding

The decision to give additional funding to the programmes stems from the new policy memorandum ‘Investing in Global Prospects’ for the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. Education and international knowledge cooperation are given a greater role in this, with special attention being devoted to education and job opportunities for women and young people.

“[The extra funding] will enable us to offer even more people the opportunity of expanding their knowledge and putting it to good use in their countries,” said Nuffic’s director Freddy Weima.

“Over the 66 years that we’ve been managing education and development programmes, not only have we been able to offer tens of thousands of men and women the opportunity to study here but the manifold partnerships between education in the Netherlands and education in the various countries have also fostered structural improvement in the worldwide level of education.

“Only by sharing knowledge will we be able to address the global problems we’re faced with in terms of such things as food security and climate change,” he added.